Drawing Outside Your Comfort Zone – Three Year Progress

Hero Ted Page One by Nick DavisI talk a lot in Drawing Outside Your Comfort Zone about never giving in, about keep practicing and drawing is like a muscle – the more you exercise it the stronger you get. I am by no means an accomplished artist, although my confidence in my skills have grown that I can draw the Hero Ted scene above, and feel fairly happy about it. Now after the jump I am going to reveal to you the astonishing truth to my artistic progress. Continue reading

Writing Without Fear – Ideas Are Like Buses… Wait Forever And Three Come At Once

Tristan the Teddy Bear from the Teddy Bear Tales (art by Dan Nokes)As a creative writer you sit there coming up with ideas for storylines, characters and interesting plot hooks. It involves long hours, and sometime waking up in the middle of the night and frantically scribbling the idea down on your phone, or notepad. Then you go to sleep, thinking you’ve come up with he most original story idea ever! Well… I have news for you… Chances are someone has had the same idea as you, this is why ideas are like buses… They all come at once. Continue reading

Writing Without Fear – How I Would Bring Miles Morales In As The Marvel MCU Spider-Man

Peter Parker Meets Miles MoralesThis has been bugging me a little bit, we’ve had five Spider-man movies now featuring Peter Parker and we have well established the origins of the Web head. Now we have the potential to sit through yet another origin story as Spider-Man finally gets absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The question though is. Do we need Peter Parker as Spider-man now? Should the torch be passed on to his legacy character Miles Morales? I think Miles time has come, and this is how I would do it. Continue reading

Drawing Outside Your Comfort Zone – Never Give In

Art (Never Give In) by Solar-CitrusA common thing I hear from up and coming artists is, ‘I will never be good enough,’ or ‘my art sucks.’ When I am at conventions I hear it all the time, I have artists, that haven’t made the same leap as me, come to my table and say it to my face; leaving me at times a loss for words (I mean have you seen my work?). I cannot supply a quick fix, because there is no quick fix, all I can offer is the same advice of keep going. Some times it feels the biggest issue is that in today’s culture everyone is looking for that shortcut to make it happen now… Instant gratification…  Continue reading

How To Turn The Superhero Movie Gold Rush Into Fool’s Gold

The Fantastic FourSuperheroes… Superheroes… Superheroes… There has been an explosion in Superhero movies this decade, from Marvel rolling out the really quite well done Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and with DC finding their footing with the awkward start to the DC Movie Universe (DCMU) with Man Of Steel. Continue reading